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Impact of Stress and Shortages on Critical Care Physicians

2021 06 Apr

As hospitals continue to struggle with accelerating rates of coronavirus infections, hospitalisations, and deaths, the impact of the pandemic and the experiences of critical care physicians caring for the sickest COVID-19 patients should be examined. This is especially important because infection rates are increasing, and there are concerns about the... Read more

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Moral Injury: The Invisible Epidemic

2020 08 Jul

The world has seen the loss of many healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Many have succumbed to the virus, but some have taken their own lives amid all this misery. As trauma and grief continue to plague healthcare workers, it is time to take a look at the invisible epidemic: moral injury.   All across the globe, healthcare workers are... Read more

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How to Deal with Physician Burnout in the ICU

2019 03 Jul

According to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, shortening the length of rotations in the ICU from the traditional 14-day schedule to only seven consecutive days can help mitigate burnout among critical care physicians.  Penn Medicine implemented a pilot initiative across four critical care... Read more

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Caregiver Stress - Palliative Care Consults Don’t Help More than Usual High Quality Care

2016 17 May

Research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 international conference showed that support from palliative care specialists did not improve anxiety and depression symptoms in caregivers of patients with chronic critical illness. Patients also saw little benefit as the additional support did not lead to reduced time on a breathing machine... Read more

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Risk of PTSD after ICU

2016 15 Jan

According to a new, multicentre study, 1 in 10 patients is at risk of having new post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their ICU experience up to a year post-discharge. The research, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, is the first to investigate ICU-related PTSD in a mixed veteran and civilian cohort.... Read more

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Avoiding Making Decisions for Sick Relatives May Lead to PTSD

2015 26 Jul

Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in the ICU may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new study published in Critical Care Medicine . Researchers say family members tasked with the difficult role of decision-maker are better off health-wise dealing with the experience;... Read more

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Protective Benefits of Mindfulness in ER Personnel

2015 13 Mar

Recent studies have found that mindfulness practice may reduce anxiety and depression in clinical populations, and there is growing evidence that mindfulness may also improve well-being and quality of care in health professionals. This study assessed whether mindfulness protects against the impact of work-related stress on mental health and burnout... Read more

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Reducing Residents' Duty Hours Impacts Patient Care

2015 11 Feb

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that shorter duty hours for medical residents, although slightly better for residents themselves, may result in worse patient care. The finding is based on a randomised trial assessing resident duty hour schedules in the intensive care unit (ICU). "Our findings that overnight... Read more

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Coping with Stress in the ICU (C. Granger)

2013 15 Aug

Authors Charlie Granger FRCA Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Royal Lancaster Infirmary Lancaster, UK [email protected]   The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) can be a highly stressful environment - not just for our patients and their relatives but also for us, the staff who care for... Read more

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PTSD Symptoms Common Among ICU Survivors

2013 28 Feb

Condition long linked to war veterans found in one in three ventilated patients One in three people who survived stays in an intensive care unit (ICU) and required use of a mechanical ventilator showed substantial post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms that lasted for up to two years, according to a new Johns Hopkins study of patients with... Read more